About Mariëtta Buitenhuis

Mariëtta Buitenhuis is a lawyer at AKD who specialises in administrative law. Her particular areas of interest are environmental & planning law and issues concerning public order. Mariëtta regularly advises on and litigates disputes over planning blight, compensation for loss resulting from administrative acts, and government liability.

Although she typically represents local and higher authorities in these matters, Mariëtta also has experience assisting companies and private individuals. The cutting edge where the interests of the corporate sector and the public sector meet is where Mariëtta feels right at home. A boon to her clients are her understanding of political context and affinity with administrative relationships. These are skills that Mariëtte developed and honed over the years she spent in local politics. She is still active as a political party executive.

In her master's thesis, Mariëtta described the role of the municipal council in formulating the sections on noise and smell in zoning plans and environment plans. This thesis earned her commendation in the 2017 thesis competition held by the Netherlands Institute for Construction Law [Instituut voor Bouwrecht]. In 2017, Mariëtta represented the Radboud University of Nijmegen in the finals of the VAR moot court competition.

Mariëtta is a member of the Environmental and Planning Act expert group which advises the spokespersons of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives on environmental law and shares knowledge with local administrators. She regularly writes blogs, annotations and articles on a range of administrative law topics. In 2020, Mariëtta was awarded the prize for best administrative law blog by the Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk. In 2021, she won the award for best scientific article in AKD's YOUNIOR training programme. Her article dealt with the question whether Dutch mayors have the authority to impose “digital area bans” and internet bans.

You can follow Mariëtta on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates in her area of expertise.

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